This first collection of work I did when I first moved to New York from Karachi is titled ‘Home’.
‘Vanwyck Boulevard’; is the subway stop where my first home in the US was located. Urdu has been used not only to build a personal territory within the city, but also to announce my presence and my identity. Painting the subway map and translating minute, tiresome details has been therapeutic for an estranged person who is trying to identify with a new city, its streets, its landmarks, its avenues. The subway map is an integral part of New York city life, a very familiar image, without which no one would have any sense of direction. I have chosen to make the translated subway map, a ‘painting’, so that its status of just being an object of functional value, can be elevated.
The Self Portraits show my life changes using the Statue of Liberty, which symbolizes immigrants, and a new beginning,
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